Monday, 29 December 2014

Review: Gemini Cell by Myke Cole

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself—and his family—in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down.

It should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty—as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark—especially about the fates of his wife and son…

Gemini Cell is a prequel to Cole's Shadow Ops trilogy.

I have to say I quite enjoyed Gemini Cell. It's a big departure from the 'contemporary fantasy/sci-fi/romance' I usually read. I had my eye on the others in the series and when this one came up I grabbed it.

Blunt and very violent in places, the story was well tempered by the relationship between Jim and Sarah. For me, she was much the main character as Jim. She isn't a typical military wife which is, why I think, she has so much appeal.

This book has tons of gritty, in your face action, conspiracies and heart wrenching moments. Even reading the blurb, I was still pleasantly surprised by how MUCH went on. To be honest, the bulk of what I read is fantasy and sic-fi romance. Because of this, the biggest point of tension for me was Jim and Sarah's forced separation. For me, as much as Gemini Cell is a fantastic paranormal-military read, I was more than satisfied with the very human relationship Jim and Sarah had and my need to root for it was well supported throughout the book.

The only thing that might hold me back from continuing with the series is price. As I said I've had my eye on the other books in the series and while they aren't exorbitantly expensive, they are more than I usually spend.

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